I wonder what God would say to us today as He sees all of our so-called Christian organizations in
constant activity but with little action or movement. The huge building program proclaiming
astronomical figures in cost and “people reached” is indeed impressive. The mus … More
This book is the revelation concerning Jesus Christ. God gave the revelation of His plan to Jesus who in turn revealed it to John (v. 1). John opens the book by describing what he saw as “the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ” (v. 2). A blessing is promised to those who read this book as well as on those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it (v. 3). John tells us who Jesus is: the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth (vv. 4-6). Elders are exhorted to look for “He is coming.” This refers to His second coming which will be in the clouds. Every eye will see Him (v. 7). “They who pierced Him” could refer to the Roman soldiers piercing His side as He hung on the cross or to the Jews who were responsible for His death.
The Lord God is the beginning and the end (v. 8). His second coming will be visible to the entire world, including unbelievers. This is in contrast to His first coming at His Birth in Bethlehem and also the future rapture of the church, which probably will not be visible to the earth as a whole. The transmission of the message of this book comes from the Father to the Son, through a mediating angel to John the Apostle to God’s servants.
How often do I think about the last days? If I knew for sure that Jesus would return tomorrow, what would I do today that I have not already planned to do?
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Revelation 1:1-8Jesus is Coming Again
Revelation 1:9-16John Sees Seven Golden Candlesticks (Churches)
Revelation 1:17-20Outline of The Book of Revelation (v. 19)
Revelation 2:1-7The Church at Ephesus Lost Its First Love
Revelation 2:8-11The Persecuted Church at Smyrna
Revelation 2:12-17The Church at Pergamos Was Worldly
Revelation 2:18-29The Church at Thyatira Compromised
Revelation 3:1-6The Church at Sardis Was Spiritually Dead
Revelation 3:7-13The Church at Philadelphia Was Obedient
Revelation 3:14-22The Church at Laodicea Was Lukewarm
Revelation 4:1-11Worship in Heaven